Isaiah 59-63

Chapter 59.  What separates us from God?  This chapter is talking about the people in year 700 BC as much as He is talking to us.

59 Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,
    nor his ear too dull to hear.
2 But your iniquities have separated
    you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
    so that he will not hear.

Each of our daily sins is like a brick.  Every time we ignore God’s ways in our thoughts and actions is a brick.  Sometimes it is a sin that we “do”.  Sometimes ignoring what we should do is the sin.  Make sense?   So at the end of the day…how many bricks do you have piled up?  Do you have enough to build a wall like me??  Reread it:

59 Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,
    nor his ear too dull to hear.
2 But your iniquities have separated
    you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
    so that he will not hear.

Sin is the wall.

BUT God makes Promises that he does not break.  Through repentance…He removes the bricks for us.  We don’t remove them, He we can hear Him and see Him daily.  Maybe we need to start examining our bricks! (sorry, I am not sure why I am preachy today…I think I just have a lot of bricks to look at).  Because we should not doubt that He is on the other side of that wall!!

21 “As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.

Chapter 60- As Isaiah writes to the people in Captivity that feel hopeless, God gives them a Word of hope for their future.  The WILL be redeemed. Not just the remnant people that Cyrus will set free to return to Jerusalem, but foreigners will be includes.  We are the foreigners…the Gentiles.  We are part of His remnant people.

As we read this and we see that there will be ANOTHER redemption of His people in the 2nd coming. The Lord will come back and set us free.  The enemy is clearly reeking havoc on the world BUT we don’t need to fret about it.  Verse 15-22 give us a glimpse of what is to come!

Chapter 61/62  Read this again like you are watching cast with split screen.  Pick the “speaker” that is talking to you.  Our quiet time in the Bible is personal-

  • Do you see Him talking to the Israelites that will return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple for the Messiah to come?
  • Do you see Jesus coming to save Believers?
  • So you see the 2nd coming and the creation of the New Heaven and Earth?
  • Do you see your own Salvation and how He redeems us personally?

Depending on your relationship with this read, you will hone in on one of them.

Isaiah 63- When the Final Battle happens…there will be only ONE that can save us.  The Lord can scan the whole earth and NONE of us will be good enough…no matter what your “good deeds” are.  Jesus is the ONLY one that fits the description.

4 It was for me the day of vengeance;
    the year for me to redeem had come.
5 I looked, but there was no one to help,
    I was appalled that no one gave support;
so my own arm achieved salvation for me,
    and my own wrath sustained me.
6 I trampled the nations in my anger;
    in my wrath I made them drunk
    and poured their blood on the ground.”

I end with this:  Since Genesis the Hebrews have been Misfits!  When they cried out He saved them!  ALWAYS!  God does allow for natural consequences to their actions happen BUT His arm always comes down and tramples the enemies around them.  He paves a way for them to always return to the Temple where He lives.  Even when He has been ignored for a VERY LONG TIME. (like when I couldn’t find my Bible in December to do this read through because I ignored him for so long).

7 I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord,
    the deeds for which he is to be praised,
    according to all the Lord has done for us—
yes, the many good things
    he has done for Israel,
    according to his compassion and many kindnesses.

I will probably start Mid chapter 63 today…I need to study it more.

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